David Mamet’s “Redbelt” will preem at the Tribeca Film Festival in tandem with the ESPN Sports Film section of the fest on April 25.
In familiar Mamet territory, pic tells the tale of a jujitsu teacher (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who runs his Los Angeles training studio by the honorable samurai code until greed and corruption threaten his survival.
Ejiofor is joined by thesps Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga and Tim Allen.
“I am a fan of both the fight film and the samurai film,” Mamet said. “‘Redbelt’ is my homage to both.”
Film, produced by Chrisann Verges, will be released in Gotham and Los Angeles on May 2 and expand the following week.
Fest runs April 23-May 4.